6/23/2020 City Commission Minutes

The City Commission Meeting began on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT, at City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND. Members of the public were not permitted in the Commission Chambers due to COVID-19 and as allowed in ND Executive Order 2020-16.

Members of the public may view the meeting online (https://zoom.us/j/98694073301?pwd=VjRWZlhVNWJ0QjhvWUFFbDh3WUdvdz09) Password 4tTbXr or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 986 9407 3301 Password 534462

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

Members present: Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Erickson, Commissioner Gulmon.

Others present: City Administrator Crawford, City Attorney Martineck, City Auditor Richter, Deputy Auditor Klein, Building/Fire Inspector Andersen, Fire Chief Magnuson, Police Chief Hatcher, Chad Petersen from KLJ.

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the minutes from the June 16, 2020 meeting, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. Motion carried.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Raffle Permit for D&C Home Improvement

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. The motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Elect Vice President to City Commission
City Auditor Richter reported that Commissioner Magnuson was elected Vice President by ballot.

Approve Reorganization of Commissioner’s Portfolios

Portfolio Board Member
Finance Commissioner Gulmon
Public Works: Streets, Sanitation, Sewer, Water Distribution Commissioner Erickson
Public Works: Electric & Water Treatment Plant President Carlsrud
Police/Fire Commissioner Bishop
Buildings/Grounds Commissioner Magnuson

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve the portfolios, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. The motion passed unanimously.

Appoint and approve Commissioner assignments to additional committees and boards

Committee/Board Number of Commissioners Assigned Board Member
Valley City Planning & Zoning Commission 2 commissioners President Carlsrud Commissioner Bishop
Commissioner Erickson
Valley City Library Board 1 commissioner Commissioner Gulmon
City County Health Board 1 commissioner Commissioner Bishop President Carlsrud
Barnes County Planning & Zoning Commission 2 commissioners President Carlsrud Commissioner Bishop Commissioner Erickson
Valley City-Barnes County Development Corporation 2 commissioners Commissioner Bishop Commissioner Gulmon
Board for Community Service 1 commissioner Commissioner Magnuson  

President Carlsrud reported change from Commissioner Bishop will serve on the Planning and Zoning Boards instead of President Carlsrud; President Carlsrud will serve on City County Health instead of Commissioner Bishop. Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve as amended, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.

Consider de-obligating approximately $350,000 SWC funds for 7th Ave NW Water Main 100 project.
Chad Petersen from KLJ that 7th Avenue NW was bid in April 2019 but bids were high. In January 2020, the City Commission reviewed the R&R fund and determined the project should be deferred to 2021 construction (at that time, the City Commission was expecting Prairie Dog funding available and $350,000 grant from SWC for water mains). Since then, the State Water Commission is looking to de-obligate funds for projects that local government does not expect to be completed in 2021.Chad Petersen from KLJ does not expect the City will be able to fund the local share of the project in 2021.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve the de-obligation, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.

Petersen reported that the State Water Commission is looking for reports on the anticipated reimbursements as well as any carry-over requests for reimbursement. Commissioner Magnuson asked if this project needs to wait for Prairie Dog funding. Chad Petersen from KLJ agreed further discussion is needed to determine funding priorities in future.

The motion passed unanimously.

City Administrator’s Report

City Administrator Crawford continues to meet with city staff and departments

City Updates & Commission Reports

Building/Fire Inspector Andersen reported the City held a pre-construction meeting with Love’s.

Fire Chief Magnuson stated 4th of July will be here soon; sales begin June 27 – July 5. Don’t shoot until July 1. Census – please complete.

City Attorney Martineck reported the Assistant Fire Chief position was posted in-house. The position closes this week. Martineck expects to post the City Engineer position to post tomorrow; goal to have decision made by end of July.

President Carlsrud thanked elected officials for serving and encouraged members of the public to serve.

Adjourn at 5:19 PM

Posted in Announcements, City Commission Minutes.